Riders ink Canadian RB after he asks for release from Eskimos

Canadian running back Greg Morris has been signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, per CFL sources.

Morris was on Edmonton’s active roster for eight games this season before he was relegated to the practice roster in Week 10. After being demoted, the 24-year-old asked for his release. That made him a free agent.

The Toronto native signed with the Eskimos last season while Chris Jones was the head coach in Edmonton. He made his CFL debut in Week 11 and played in nine games in 2015.

Back in 2012, Morris rushed for 405 yards in a game for the Westshore Rebels, which broke the single-game CJFL record and the BCFC mark set by Andrew Harris (400) in 2009. That year Morris rushed for 1,496 yards, 20 more than the two-time CFL All-Star produced in his best junior football season.

With Morris eclipsing marks Harris put up, some personnel men have compared him to the dynamic ratio-breaking back. In fact, one scout said: “He’s better.”

There’s a long way to go for Morris to prove that bold statement correct, but it gives us an idea what kind of talent he possesses. And with Saskatchewan looking for starting-calibre Canadian talent, it’s possible the five-foot-11, 200-pound back could earn an opportunity to start at running back for the green and white.

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